Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Psychodynamic therapy increases a client’s self-awareness and grows their understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It allows clients to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past experiences and explore how they are manifesting themselves in current behaviors, such as the need and desire to abuse substances. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychodynamic therapy experts today.

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Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy that explores the connection between a patient's past experiences, often from childhood, and their current mindset. It is based on the theories and principles of psychoanalysis and aims to help individuals gain greater insight into unconscious patterns that may be affecting their present behavior and emotions. This type of therapy is conducted over a shorter period of time and with less frequency than traditional psychoanalysis.

— Kevin Stachowiak, Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the University of Chicago. Psychodynamic therapy, combined with other approaches, such as energy therapy techniques can be very effective in treating a number of conditions. That said, I don't get stuck on one or two approaches. That would be like a medical doctor who only prescibes penicillin. A good therapist needs multiple tools in his or her toolbox.

— Stephen Finstein, Therapist in Dallas, TX

This treatment philosophy essentially says, "The therapist is the next relationship in the client's life." Meaning, you, the client, will start relating to me, the therapist, in the the same way you relate to others in your life. However, in this therapeutic relationship, we can talk openly about these dynamics and explore them. This then becomes valuable insight for your relationships with others. I am gentle and non-judgmental in my approach here, because this can be hard!

— Myles Buchanan, Associate Professional Counselor in , OR

Each person on staff receives training in psychodynamic psychotherapy throughout the entire time they are here inclusive of continuing education. Supervisor is a certified psychoanalyst that has completed a 4 year program in psychoanalysis.


Psychodynamic therapy explores how past experiences, particularly unconscious conflicts and patterns, influence present behavior and emotions. It emphasizes self-awareness and insight into underlying dynamics to address unresolved issues and promote psychological growth and healing.

— Dexter Mai, Associate Clinical Social Worker

I utilize psychodynamic interventions in session to get to a deeper place of exploration of past relationships and experiences and to identify patterns in thought and behaviors.

— Kimberly Jaso, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension.

— Colby Schneider, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Understanding of attachment theory and how ingrained trauma from the past effects us in the present.

— Lee Andre, Licensed Professional Counselor in Greenwood Village, CO

I work with clients to look at their past and see how it informs their present lives. We work together to look at how past experiences, and traumas consciously and unconsciously show up in our present lives and how we can learn from and work with the material that is showing up for them.

— Rachael Rosenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los altos, CA

Psychodynamic therapy explores how behavior, motivation, and defenses, have been influenced by lived experience. These experiences often include one's family of origin, cultural identities, and the sociological realities of one's life, all of which shape how one has come to experience themselves, and others, in the world. Contemporary psychodynamic therapy strives to facilitate understanding, and healing, about the past, while creating opportunities for change in the present.

— Joseph Winn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Concord, MA

If you're feeling stuck in patterns that repeat themselves, want to find a greater sense of understanding so that you can make choices you're more satisfied with in life, and make meaning of it all, psychodynamic therapy could be a good fit for you. What most people think of when they say "therapy," psychodynamic therapy is basically an open, non-judgmental conversation with a therapist who can help guide you on your journey of building insight and improving your life's circumstances.

— Jacob Donnelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Psychodynamic therapy believes our current anxieties, worries, discomfort, conflicts and fears have roots in our earlier experiences, childhood and attachments. We may not be aware of needs and unprocessed experiences just below the surface, and psychodynamic therapy aims to explore what might be there needing to be considered, processed and resolved to impact our current experiences and feelings.

— D. Hope Tola, MA, NCC, LPCC, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

Psychodynamic therapy is a type of talk therapy that explores how people's current lives are affected by past experiences, unconscious beliefs and fantasies, and "unacceptable" feelings and thoughts. The analyst helps clients talk about all of these things by creating a non-judgmental space and helping people see that any thoughts and feelings are tolerable and acceptable and can be separated from our actions that impact our success in relationship with others and ourselves.

— Jennifer Coonce, Psychoanalyst in Brooklyn, NY

I have studied psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (where I received my Academic Candidacy), International Psychotherapy Institute, and The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and have published in the International Journal for Psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic treatment offers the opportunity to examine the deep structure of your thinking, feeling, and behavior, in order to understand the patterns you fall into.

— Jordan Conrad, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Although I do not provide therapy, my treatment approach is holistic and based in CBT and psychodynamic therapies.

— Dr. Donald Smith, Psychiatrist in Northampton, MA

Problems originate in relationship and problems are healed in relationship

— Jeremy Sublett, Psychotherapist in Nashville, TN

Received training in psychodynamic schools of thought in my graduate training.

— Tess Carroll Keeley, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

I have specific training in psychodynamic therapy, where I think about the past as it impacts your present.

— Jennifer Yalof, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA